Chapple’s ton loom­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Jordan Ger­rans

CHAM­PION Saints sharp­shooter Matt Walsh is slowly hand­ing the AFL Cairns goal kick­ing baton over to Port Dou­glas cap­tain Kye Chapple.

The pair are both qual­ity spear­heads in their own right but one, Walsh, is at the back end of his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer while Chapple still has years left at the top level. Walsh is a two-time Crath­ern medal­list who has kicked more than 1000 goals in the com­pe­ti­tion while Chapple is on the verge of kick­ing a ton of goals for a sec­ond year run­ning.

Through the North Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive side, where Walsh was an as­sis­tant coach and Chapple was the side’s full-for­ward, they have de­vel­oped a close bond, with the Crocs skip­per re­fer­ring to the Saints legend as a “men­tor”. “He is a legend, I have a lot time for him and I think he does for me too,” Chapple says of Walsh.

“He has been a men­tor to me, we play sim­i­lar po­si­tions.

“He gave me a few kick­ing styles to work with and gave me some ad­vice about how he went about it.

“We play dif­fer­ent games, I like to use my body, where he is a lead up player, there is still things that work in well as a full-for­ward.”

Chapple is two goals away from the triple treat of goals for 2016. The Crocs cap­tain ad­mits it would be ex­tra spe­cial to kick the ton with Walsh on the ground. “I would love to do it any week but if he was on the ground it would mean more cer­tainly,” he said.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Kye Chapple in ac­tion against the Tigers re­cently

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